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December 31, 2016

The Top 100 Hockey Players of the 1950s



Top Ten Scorers

Gordie Howe - With 806 points in 668 regular season contests, Gordie led all scorers in this decade, and it was not even close. 

Ted Lindsay - Teammate Lindsay was second with 557 points. He also led all competitors in penalty minutes with nearly 1200

Maurice "Rocket" Richard - Rocket was just behind with 552 points. His 294 regular season goals was second to Gordie's 376.

Boom Boom Geoffrion - Boomer, who had 525 points, perfected the slap shot.

Jean Beliveau - Beliveau did not join the NHL until mid-decade, but once he did the Habs were nearly unstoppable. 510 points in just 437 games.

Bert Olmstead - Another Hab? No wonder why they won so many Stanley Cups in this decade

Tod Sloan - Somewhat forgotten star had 441 points, good for 7th highest in the 1950s

Dickie Moore - He was billed as the man who would make Montreal forget about Rocket Richard.

Andy Bathgate - Young Rangers star had strong seasons. 

Alex Delvecchio - Took over from Sid Abel as center for Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay


Other Offensive Stars

Fleming Mackell  - Second generation Stanley Cup champion was 11th highest scoring forward in 1950s.

Don McKenney - History should be remembering Don McKenney more appropriately than it has.

Ed Litzenberger - Gentle giant

Vic Stasiuk - Mr. Enthusiasm

George Armstrong - Army is loved as father figure of Leafs' 60s dynasty, but he was a heck of a player in his younger days during the 1950s, too.

George "Red" Sullivan - Spirited Ranger

Sid Smith - Master of the tip-in goal.

Nick Mickoski - "Broadway Nick"

Henri Richard - Little brother arrived just in time to win five Stanley Cups to finish off the decade.

Johnny Wilson - Part of the Wings dynasty at the beginning of the decade

Leo Labine - Leo the Lion was a typical Bruin - a ferocious competitor

Cal Gardner - Another tough customer who earned his rugged reputation.

Teeder Kennedy  - Career was winding down by mid-decade, but one of the all time greats.

Dave Creighton - Debuted young and was solid contributor with several teams.

Jerry Toppazzini - The always popular Topper

Ron Stewart - All business on the ice, but lots of fun off of it.

Glen Skov - Contributed to Wings success in early 50s, then joined Chicago.

Dutch Reibel - The man knew how to make a first impression

Metro Prystai  - One of the great names in hockey history

Danny Lewicki - Dashin' Danny could fly on the ice

Johnny Peirson - An accidental hockey player?

Eric Nesterenko - Most interesting hockey person of the era?

 "Busher" Curry - He impressed the Queen

Jack McIntyre - Defensive forward extraordinaire

Marty Pavelich - Another under-appreciated Wings great.

Harry Watson - 1940s star continued through the 1950s, too

Dean Prentice - He played 500 games in this decade, too.

Lorne Ferguson - Did everything he could to stay in the league

Ken Mosdell - A top defensive forward

Rudy Migay - Strong penalty killer

Real Chevrefils - High hopes for spectacular scorer, but he battled the bottle

Ron Murphy - Duelled with Boom Boom Geoffrion

Larry Popein - Speedy "Pope" was a strong defensive forward

Ed Sandford - Strong 1953 playoffs



Superstar Defensemen

Red Kelly - Played some forward as a Wing, but his best years were on the blueline. First winner of Norris trophy, though he would have won more had the trophy existed prior to 1954.

Doug Harvey - One of the game's true greats, Harvey won four consecutive Norris Trophies in the 1950s (plus two more in the 60s)

Tom Johnson - The overshadowed and nearly forgotten Johnson was the only defenseman to win a Norris in the 1950s.

Bill Gadsby - This Gadsby was great.

Allan Stanley - Played admirably despite some tough times in New York

Marcel Pronovost - Key member of Detroit's 1950s success. Another player who should be more remembered by hockey history than he is.

Fern Flaman - Tough as nails.

Jim Morrison - Long forgotten blueline regular of the 1950s.

Gus Mortson - Unforgiving hitter

Jimmy Thomson - The other half of the Gold Dust Twins

Harry Howell - Long time Rangers star

Jack "Tex" Evans - An imposing figure

Warren Godfrey - It seems every defenseman in the 50s was a devastating hitter. Godfrey was no exception. They nicknamed him The Rock.

Bob Goldham - Great shot blocker

Dollard St. Laurent - Steadying influence on Habs dynasty

Tim Horton - Played 500 games in this decade, too

Doug Mohns - Played a lot more defense this decade than he did in 1960s

Bob Armstrong - Steady, stay-at-home defender

Bill Quackenbush - Mr. Clean



Great Goalies

Terry Sawchuk - Dominated every goaltending statistic in the decade

Jacques Plante - Arrived mid decade and dominated immediately

Al Rollins - one of the most underrated goalies in hockey history

Harry Lumley  - Ol' Apple Cheeks

Glenn Hall - "Mr. Goalie"

Gump Worsley - Once said the team that gave him the most trouble was his own.

Gerry McNeil - Another underappreciated puck stopper

Johnny Bower - Excelled for years in the AHL before finally sticking in the NHL by the end of the decade

Don Simmons  - Established himself in Boston



Don't Forget!

Vsevolod Bobrov - The first Russian star

Marcel Bonin - He wrestled bears in the offseason.

Tony Leswick - Another key defensive forward for Detroit

Benny Woit - Quiet member of Detroit's success

Wally Hergesheimer - Wally finished 4th in league in scoring in 1953.

Don Marshall - Solid career started in Montreal

Bones Raleigh - Skinny but survived the grind

Andy Hebenton - The original ironman

Paul Ronty - Clever offensive center in the first half of the decade

Jean-Guy Gendron - Usefully utility forward dubbed Smitty

Jack Gelineau - Boston goalie was rookie of the year in 1950

Bill Dineen - Speedy forward later became notably coach

Pete Babando - 1950 Stanley Cup hero

Butch Bouchard - Habs great retired just before Habs dynasty in second half of decade

Bob Turner - Bouchard's exit allowed for Bob Turner to contribute

Larry Regan - Better late than never

Calum MacKay - A handy fill-in player for Montreal.

Bobby Hull  - Debuted in 1957

Johnny Bucyk - Debuted in 1955

Joe Klukay - The Duke of Paducah

Camille "The Eel" Henry - Offensive dynamo

Norm Ullman - Established himself as one of the best at an early age

Claude Provost - All he did was win Stanley Cups

Brian Cullen - Skill was obvious


Louie Fontinato - Leaping Louie

Lidio "Lee" Fogolin Sr. - Cagey depth dman in Chicago

Al Dewsbury - Over 300 games in the first half of the decade

Dick Duff - Solid second half of the decade with Toronto

1 comment:

hawk valentine said...

"Terrible Ted" Lindsay, all 5'8" 160 lbs of him, sacrifice goals and assists to stick up for his teammates. He also sacrificed for them,as well as his opponents, off the ice. He started the player's association even though he was a successful, wealthy businessman. He was bullied by management and the league but persevered and all NHLers after him owe him big time. Geordiee Howe was too chicken, in management's pocket and ego driven to help. Howe turning his back on Lindsay and the union is unforgivable and the reason Lindsay is more important then Howe to hockey.

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